By Audrianna Imka
Although 2020 seems miles away, the next presidential election is slowly creeping up on us. With each week that passes, more politicians are beginning their presidential campaigns. In celebration of International Women’s Day, I decided to compile a list of female candidates for the 2020 presidential election.
There are currently no Republican women who have declared their candidacy, nor are there any Republican women who have expressed interest in the election.
Declared Democratic Candidates:
The following candidates have officially declared that they will run in the 2020 presidential election.
Tulsi Gabbard was born in the US territory of American Samoa, and is currently serving as as the Democratic US Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district. She has held this position since 2013. Gabbard has vast military experience, including serving in a field medical unit in Iraq for one year, and being the first woman to finish as the distinguished honor graduate in the Academy’s 50-year history. Controversy has surrounded Gabbard after rumors that she was a member of a Hindu nationalist group. She believes that community college should be tuition-free for all Americans, and that four-year colleges should be tuition-free for families with a yearly income of $125,000 or less. She refers to her campaign as being in the “spirit of service above self.”
Kamala Harris is from Oakland, California, and is an attorney, as well as a politician. She has served as the Junior United States Senator from California since 2017. Harris is a strong advocate for education, and believes that truancy (skipping school) should be treated as a crime in order to increase school attendance. She considers current gun laws to be an issue, and believes that reforming these laws is a priority. Kamala Harris is considered a top runner and potential forerunner for 2020 Democratic nomination. She matched Bernie Sanders’ record for the most money raised the day following a presidential election announcement.
Amy Klobuchar is a lawyer and politician from Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University. She is serving as the senior United States Senator from Minnesota. Klobuchar is pro-choice on abortion, supports LGBTQ+ rights and Obamacare, and was critical of the Iraq War. The New York Times and the New Yorker both named Klobuchar as one of the women most likely to become the first female president.
Elizabeth Warren has been serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. Prior to this, she was a scholar who specialized in bankruptcy law, and has taught law at multiple universities. Warren mainly hopes to appeal to working class families, union members, women, and new immigrants. She has referred to Donald Trump as, “a symptom of a larger problem [that has resulted in] a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else.”